These creatively converted homes—from an awe-inspiring chapel to a smartly outfitted schoolhouse—offer major restoration inspiration.
The former Drake Town Hotel is now a five-bedroom, two-bath antiques-filled residence situated creekside on 4 acres. Relax on a starlit evening inside the grotto, located just behind the home.
Agent: Marla Hargus; or
Listing price: $249,900
Nestled alongside a rambling stream, this two-bedroom, one-bath converted mill has a loft-style layout featuring gleaming, tea-stained wood floors, reclaimed barnwood shelves, and original beams throughout.
Agent: Carol Spinelli;
Listing price: $575,000
Curl up with an overdue book next to the original brick fireplace inside this five-bedroom, three-bath library-turned-home. A stately pair of lions—who date back to the building’s construction in 1930—flanks the front steps.
Agent: Don Schibel;
Listing price: $269,900
Schoolhouse lights, shiplap siding, and a chalk drawer—not to mention the iconic red paint—give clues to this structure’s origins. Converted and restored by a teacher, the three- bedroom, two-bath home also boasts lake views.
Agent: Rosemary Lalime;
Listing price: $149,800
A slate fireplace, Dutch doors, and hand-forged hardware are just a few of the details that survive from this four-bedroom, three-bath home’s days as the Millstone Post Office—a star of the town since 1795.
Agent: Laura Pallay;
Listing price: $449,000
Pull the long rope—the bell still rings. Tall, Gothic-style windows flood light into the great room inside this three-bedroom, three-bath converted church, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Agent: Tim Lovett;
Listing price: $450,000